After securing their return to the Premier League, West Ham are reported to be looking into the possibility of bringing Joe Cole back to Upton Park according to the Daily Mail.
Manager Sam Allardyce is said to be already planning his transfer activity as he looks to strengthen his squad for the challenge ahead next season. One of those targets is former fan favourite Joe Cole, who left the club in 2003 to join Chelsea.
After failing to inspire in his short time at Anfield, the 30-year-old spent this season on loan at Ligue 1 outfit Lille from Liverpool, where he has impressed alongside the much sought-after Eden Hazard. Cole’s form has been noticed by Team GB Olympic football manager Stuart Pearce who is looking to include Cole as one of his over-age picks for the tournament, something which the midfielder would welcome as he looks to impress back in his homeland.
Cole has often been misjudged by many in England during his career – frequently being deployed out of his favoured role of playing just behind the striker to be instead sacrificed and played out wide. However elsewhere on the continent, Cole is a very highly-rated creative midfielder and this reputation has been enhanced through his performances in France.
Whether West Ham could afford Cole’s current £90,000-per-week salary is a different matter, with negotiations surely required to lower such demands from the player. Another stumbling block for any move would be that the transfer would have to be sanctioned by any incoming manager at Liverpool, who could see the revitalized Cole as a valuable asset to their squad.
Any move for Joe Cole would be a signal of intent from Allardyce and the hierarchy at Upton Park, a move which would excite Hammers fans as it would be a considerable foray in the transfer market as they look to consolidate their place back in the Premier League.
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